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Help? with this weird device :s

Discussion in 'General' started by Nuffenburger, 8 Aug 2008.

  1. Nuffenburger

    Nuffenburger The Burgerman Can

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    Hello bit-tech

    Theres this suss guy thats been like walking around my area with a device in his hand and it has a large antenna on it. and he points it at houses then walks off and "scans" another house.
    I was just wondering if this is some sort of test for radiation or if he is looking for a wireless network to hack into.
    He looks really suss.
    this morning i walked out to help mum take the shopping out of the car. and he was walking past and took off over the road jumped in his car and drove off in a hurry.
    If anybody knows about what he is doing or what he might possibly be doing could you help?

    If he sticks around for more than 3 days im going to report him to the local authority and just tell him that he has been snooping around with a device in his hand every day.
    I have his number plate and what type of car it is.
    I will try getting a picture.


    Thanks, Nuffenburger
     
  2. C-Sniper

    C-Sniper Stop Trolling this space Ądmins!

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    That sounds like someone trying to sniff for an open Wifi network to map it for war driving. I would report him to the authorities, if he is in a hurry when people are watching then i would be suspicious that he is up to no good.
     
  3. Nuffenburger

    Nuffenburger The Burgerman Can

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    thanks
    but what do i say to the authorities.
    im going to bee going for a walk at around 11-2 every now and then around streets to see if i can see his car again.
    i did mention that i have his number plate so it shouldnt be to hard getting him caught if he is trying to find a wireless connection.
    I don't use any means of wireless just my mobile.
    However i am thinking i might go buy a wireless router today set it up as unsecured and see if he tries to get into that.
    If he does he will most likely leave his mac address in the router but will i be able to do anything with that?
    ive heard you can do something with them but not sure at this point.
     
  4. Amon

    Amon inch-perfect

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    Using your wireless hub to obtain his MAC address can be used as evidence.
     
  5. notatoad

    notatoad pretty fing wonderful

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    go ask him what he's doing. maybe it's not anything bad.

    also, since when is using an unsecured wireless illegal? and since when do enlightened people on tech sites have a problem with it? i leave my wireless open in case anybody needs to use it, and i use open wireless whenever i find it. if somebody abuses my open wireless i block their mac.
     
  6. Nuffenburger

    Nuffenburger The Burgerman Can

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    it's not like that here, i live in like a small suburb heaps of people do have wireless around me i know this because whilst setting up wireless for a mate i found about 8 different ones but that was about a year ago or so.
    here if someone gets into your wireless they try to mess with every setting in your wireless hub changing passwords, resetting the modem every 5 minutes. I kinda feel sorry for a few people *who aren't young* that don't know jack all about wireless connections. and probably don't even know if they have it on or not because telstra have given them a wireless hub that haas it on by default.
    I would hate if someone was stealing my internet. Most people can only afford 2gb-12gb a month i am lucky enough to have 2 connections *one which i pay for*
    one is 25gb one is 50gb(25peak 25offpeak)
    the reason i don't use wireless is because i hate the drop outs whilst playing online games.
    Thanks for the replies though.
    I will ask the police what i should do. maybe they will say if he comes around again and scans multiple times then contact us again. etc.

    :)
    Thanks
     
  7. notatoad

    notatoad pretty fing wonderful

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    if you don't want them screwing with your settings, secure your router. if you don't want them using your internet, don't leave it open. if you have open wireless and no password on your router, you deserve whatever you get. leaving your wireless open and then calling the cops when somebody tries to use it seems incredibly dickish to me.

    you don't have wireless, so this guy isn't hurting you at all. but you're still willing to call the police on him. if you are concerned for your neighbors, maybe you should talk to them before the police. maybe they don't mind, or maybe they do mind but the situation could be resolved by telling them their wireless is open, and telling them how they can fix it.
     
  8. talladega

    talladega I'm Squidward

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    What does that mean? Sounds interesting.
     
  9. Fod

    Fod what is the cheesecake?

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    it's both the law, and the principle. it's illegal to access a network you're not authorised to. an unsecured WAP does NOT mean you're automatically granted permission to use it. as for the principle, you might not use an open WAP for nefarious deeds, but you're a bit naive to think that someone who is interested in actively scanning for and mapping open WAPs isn't going to be doing _something_ weird. would you want that happening on your network?

    if i were you i would seriously reconsider the ramifications of running an open WAP. if you must, run a FON router.
     
  10. kenco_uk

    kenco_uk I unsuccessfully then tried again

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    Aye, the worrying thing is that a wardriving paedophile could use your 'open' wlan.
     
  11. Charel

    Charel New Member

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    Since when was it illegal to scan for wireless networks?
     
  12. Shadow_101

    Shadow_101 Mudkips.

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    heh I’d quite like to hear the police response...

    "PHILL cancel the response to the mugging, some ones scanning for free wireless! - Get over there ASAP!"

    Considering the police don’t overly care about £1,000's worth of eBay fraud, I think there care-factor might be around 0.001...

    :hehe:
     
  13. Fod

    Fod what is the cheesecake?

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    scanning? since never. but his behaviour (running away when approached) is some cause for concern.
     
  14. pranks7er

    pranks7er mange tout

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    tv license inspector
     
  15. steveo_mcg

    steveo_mcg New Member

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    Probably not :)
     
  16. pranks7er

    pranks7er mange tout

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    but there may be a auzzie version

    oh wait no they abloished it
     
  17. steveo_mcg

    steveo_mcg New Member

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    Not for a while

     
  18. pranks7er

    pranks7er mange tout

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  19. Nuffenburger

    Nuffenburger The Burgerman Can

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    haha so your bagging me out for being aussie.
    If so then you have nothing to bagg out.
    Aussies are the best
    Im sure every country says that about their own people
    but aussies are the best.
    Since when do you hear a chinese guy say Gday mate.
    or Want a beer?
    seriously
    ask french guy what the word cheers means.




    farrkk i could go antoher beer right now.
    i think i drank to much
    haha
    not.
    can never drink to much
     
  20. Cthippo

    Cthippo Can't mod my way out of a paper bag

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    But why use a directional antenna then? Seems like you would want an omni for wardriving.

    Do you have cable TV down there? Maybe he works for the cable company and is looking for cable thieves.
     

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